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Leo McKern (1920–2002)


Although he sounded very British, Leo McKern was an Australian. By the time he was 15 years old, he had endured an accident that left him without his left eye. A glass eye replaced it - one might conjecture for the better, as far as making McKern a one-day actor of singular focus (no pun intended; his face had that extremely focused look). He ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon Paddy Button
(1980)
A Man for All Seasons
(1966)
Help!
Help! Clang
(1965)
Rumpole of the Bailey
Rumpole of the Bailey Horace Rumpole
(1978-1992)

Filmography

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 1999 Molokai
Bishop Maigret
 1999 Federation (Documentary)
Henry Parkes
 1996 Circles of Deceit: Sleeping Dogs (TV Movie)
Alexander Petrov
 1994 Good King Wenceslas (TV Movie)
Duke Phillip
 1993 Screen One (TV Series)
Cyril
- A Foreign Field (1993) ... Cyril
 1978-1992 Rumpole of the Bailey (TV Series)
Horace Rumpole
- Rumpole on Trial (1992) ... Horace Rumpole
- Rumpole and the Family Pride (1992) ... Horace Rumpole
- Rumpole and the Reform of Joby Jonson (1992) ... Horace Rumpole
- Rumpole and the Eternal Triangle (1992) ... Horace Rumpole
- Rumpole and the Miscarriage of Justice (1992) ... Horace Rumpole
 1992 Screen Two (TV Series)
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
- The Last Romantics (1992) ... Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
 1988 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Halvard Solness
- The Master Builder (1988) ... Halvard Solness
 1987 Travelling North
Frank
 1987 Great Performances (TV Series)
Sancho Zancas
- Monsignor Quixote (1987) ... Sancho Zancas
 1985 Ladyhawke
Imperius
 1985 Murder with Mirrors (TV Movie)
Inspector Curry
 1984 The Chain
Thomas
 1983 Reilly: Ace of Spies (TV Mini-Series)
Zaharov
- Dreadnoughts and Doublecrosses (1983) ... Zaharov
- Dreadnoughts and Crosses (1983) ... Zaharov
- The Visiting Fireman (1983) ... Zaharov
- An Affair with a Married Woman (1983) ... Zaharov
 1983 King Lear (TV Movie)
Gloucester
 1982 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Edwin Coote
- The Boxwallah (1982) ... Edwin Coote
 1975-1981 Play for Today (TV Series)
Sir Frederick Carlion / Horace Rumpole
- Country (1981) ... Sir Frederick Carlion
- Rumpole of the Bailey (1975) ... Horace Rumpole
 1981 The French Lieutenant's Woman
Dr. Grogan
 1981 The Comet Is Coming! (TV Movie)
Voice of the Comet (voice)
 1980 The Blue Lagoon
Paddy Button
 1979 The House on Garibaldi Street (TV Movie)
David Ben-Gurion
 1979 The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (TV Movie)
Professor (US version, voice)
 1979 Lieutenant Kije (TV Movie)
Voice of Tsar
 1978 The Nativity (TV Movie)
Herod
 1978 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
Paul Gauguin
 1978 Damien: Omen II
Carl Bugenhagen (uncredited)
 1977 Candleshoe
Bundage
 1977 The Savage (TV Movie)
Gauguin (voice)
 1977 Drama (TV Series)
Estragon
- Waiting for Godot by Beckett (1977) ... Estragon
 1976 The Omen
Carl Bugenhagen (uncredited)
 1976 Our Mutual Friend (TV Mini-Series)
Mr. Boffin
- Episode #1.7 (1976) ... Mr. Boffin
- Episode #1.6 (1976) ... Mr. Boffin
- Episode #1.5 (1976) ... Mr. Boffin
- Episode #1.4 (1976) ... Mr. Boffin
- Episode #1.3 (1976) ... Mr. Boffin
 1976 Space: 1999 (TV Series)
Companion Gwent
- The Infernal Machine (1976) ... Companion Gwent
 1975 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
Henry
- Cheap in August (1975) ... Henry
 1975 Churchill's People (TV Series)
King Penda
- The Coming of the Cross (1975) ... King Penda
 1973 Massacre in Rome
Gen. Kurt Maelzer
 1973 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Azdak
- Caucasian Chalk Circle (1973) ... Azdak
 1973 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Leo
- Afternoon at the Festival (1973) ... Leo
 1972 The Man Who Shot the Albatross (TV Movie)
Bligh
 1970 Ryan's Daughter
Thomas Ryan
 1968 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Robert Kelvin
- On the Eve of Publication (1968) ... Robert Kelvin
 1968/I The Shoes of the Fisherman
Cardinal Leone
 1968 Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher
Captain Grimes
 1968 Nobody Runs Forever
Flannery (uncredited)
 1968 Contrasts (TV Series)
Narrator
- Living on the Box (1968) ... Narrator
 1967-1968 The Prisoner (TV Series)
Number Two / Former Number Two
- Fall Out (1968) ... Former Number Two
- Once Upon a Time (1968) ... Number Two
- The Chimes of Big Ben (1967) ... Number Two
 1968 Assignment K
Smith
 1966 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
Duchess
 1966 A Man for All Seasons
Cromwell
 1965-1966 Sunday Night (TV Series documentary)
Socrates
- The Death of Socrates (1966) ... Socrates
- The Drinking Party (1965) ... Socrates
 1966 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Mark
- Case Suspended (1966) ... Mark
 1965 Love Story (TV Series)
Theo Sandman
- A Cure for Tin Ear (1965) ... Theo Sandman
 1965 Help!
Clang
 1965 Tea Party (TV Movie)
Disson
 1964 King & Country
Captain O'Sullivan
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
Galileo
- The Life of Galileo (1964) ... Galileo
 1964 They All Died Laughing
Professor Kerris Bowles-Ottery
 1964 Agent 8 3/4
Simoneva
 1964 Children of the Damned
Inspector (uncredited)
 1963 Doctor in Distress
Harry Heilbronn
 1962 Lisa
Brandt
 1962 The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (TV Movie)
Dr. Clitterhouse
 1962 Leading the Blind (TV Movie)
Stan Arkwright
 1962 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
Billy Driscoll
- Drama '62: No Decision (1962) ... Billy Driscoll
 1961 The Day the Earth Caught Fire
Bill Maguire
 1957-1961 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Grogan
- Joker's Justice (1961)
- Heaven and Earth (1957) ... Grogan
 1959-1961 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Jerry / Charles Warren / Sam Arlen
- Danger! Men Working (1961) ... Jerry
- The Girl in the Market Square (1960) ... Charles Warren
- No Gun, No Guilt (1959) ... Sam Arlen
 1961 Sykes and A... (TV Series)
Tommy Grando
- Sykes and a Stranger (1961) ... Tommy Grando
 1957-1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Doctor / Linus Hobbs / Canoris / ...
- Private Potter (1961) ... Doctor
- The Staring Match (1957) ... Linus Hobbs
- Men Without Shadows (1957) ... Canoris
- Anna Christie (1957) ... Chris Christopherson
 1961 I Like Money
Muche
 1960 Saturday Playhouse (TV Series)
Sheridan Whiteside
- The Man Who Came to Dinner (1960) ... Sheridan Whiteside
 1960 Noah (TV Movie)
Noah
 1960 Jazz Boat
Inspector
 1960 Scent of Mystery
Tommy Kennedy
 1959 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Leon Rollo
- Rollo (1959) ... Leon Rollo
 1959 The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (Short) (uncredited)
 1959 The Mouse That Roared
Benter
 1959 Yesterday's Enemy
Max
 1959 Web of Evidence
McEvoy
 1956-1958 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Kostylyov, Owner of the Dosshouse / Zdarov
- The Lower Depths (1958) ... Kostylyov, Owner of the Dosshouse
- Epitaph (1956) ... Zdarov
 1958 A Tale of Two Cities
Attorney General--Old Bailey
 1957 Flight of the Dove (TV Movie)
Joe Stringer
 1957 The Critical Point (TV Movie)
Dr. Andrew Mortimer
 1957 Anna Christie (TV Movie)
Chris Christopherson
 1957 Confess, Killer
Lt Kolski
 1957 Hour of Mystery (TV Series)
Lt. Kolski
- Confess, Killer (1957) ... Lt. Kolski
 1957 The Widows of Jaffa (TV Movie)
Eddie
 1957 Assignment Foreign Legion (TV Series)
Sergeant Campeau
- The Volunteer (1957) ... Sergeant Campeau
 1957 Time Without Pity
Robert Stanford
 1956 X the Unknown
Insp. 'Mac' McGill
 1955 All for Mary
Gaston Nikopopoulos
 1955 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Herbert of Doncaster / Sir Roger de Lisle
- The Moneylender (1955) ... Herbert of Doncaster
- The Coming of Robin Hood (1955) ... Sir Roger de Lisle
 1952 The March of the Peasants (TV Series)
Josh Grobber
- Traitors (1952) ... Josh Grobber
- The Tower Plot (1952) ... Josh Grobber
- The King's Game (1952) ... Josh Grobber
 1951 Murder in the Cathedral
Third Knight
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He acted in the Old Vic Theatre season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Irene Worth, Paul Rogers, Kenneth Griffith, Jill Balcon, Douglas Campbell, Coral Browne, Donald Wolfit, Alan Badel, Stephen Murray, Andre Morrell, Richard Pasco, John Neville, and Robert Shaw in the cast. Hugh Hunt was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 10 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Personal Quote:

After a year of shooting "Ryan's Daughter": "I don't like to be paid £500 a week for sitting down and playing Scrabble."

Trivia:

A memorial service was held for him at St. Paul's, Covent Garden (commonly known as the Actors' Church) on 16 December 2002. See more »

Trademark:

Gravelly voice

Star Sign:

Pisces

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